Neo-Paleography: Analysing Ancient Handwritings in the Digital Age

Basel, 27-29 January 2020

Venue: Kollegienhaus, Regenzzimmer 111, Petersplatz 1, 4001 Basel

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Monday 27 January


14:15Nachum Dershowitz, Adiel Ben-Shalom in abs., Lior Wolf in abs. (Tel Aviv): Computerized Paleography: Tools for Historical Manuscripts
14:45Mladen Popović, Lambert Schomaker, Maruf Dhali (Groningen): Digital Palaeography of the Dead Sea Scrolls for Dating Undated Manuscripts
15:15 Gemma Hayes, Maruf Dhali (Groningen): Identifying Dead Sea Scribes: A Digital Palaeographic Approach
15:45 Discussion
16:00 Coffee break
16:30Vinodh Rajan Sampath (Hamburg): Script Analyzer: A Tool for Quantitative Paleography
17:00Timo Korkiakangas (Helsinki): Quantifying Medieval Latin handwriting with Script Analyze
17:30Elena Nieddu, Serena Ammirati in abs. (Roma): IN CODICE RATIO: a gateway to paleographical thesauri
18:30Buffet in Dep. Altertumswissenschaften (for the speakers)



Tuesday 28 January


9:00Peter Stokes (Paris): (Still) Describing Handwriting: With Archetype and Beyond
9:30Simona Stoyanova (Nottingham): The Python in the letterbox – epigraphic palaeography with Archetype
10:00Lorenzo Sardone (San Marino): For a Palaeography of Demosthenic Papyri
10:45Coffee break
11:00Yasmine Amory (Ghent): More than a simple intuition. Towards a categorisation of palaeographical features 
11:30Loreleï Vanderheyden (Heidelberg): How to unmask a digraph scribe? Apollos’ Greek and Coptic styles in the Aphrodito Byzantine Archive
14:00Anne Boud’hors (Paris): Identifying hands and styles in the Coptic papyri from Edfu (Papas' archive)
14:30Esther Garel (Strasbourg): The Fayyumic Coptic Documentary Papyri: Issues of Palaeography, Formats and Dating
15:00Christian Askeland (Cambridge): How to clean up a Papyrustastrophe? Using empirical data and common sense to reconnect shattered fragments 
15:45Coffee break
16:00Katharina Schröder (Münster): Searching for Relatives: Palaeographical Analysis of Coptic New Testament Manuscripts in the Institute for New Testament Textual Research Münster 
16:30Alin Suciu, Ulrich Schmid in abs. (Göttingen): Digital Support for a Paleographical Assessment of the White Monastery Manuscripts
19:00Dinner (for the speakers)



Wednesday 29 January


9:00Marie Beurton-Aimar, Cecilia Ostertag in abs. (Bordeaux): Re-assembly Egyptian potteries with handwritten texts
9:30Vincent Christlein (Nuremberg): Writer identification in historical document images 
10:00Imran Siddiqi (Islamabad): Dating of Historical Manuscripts using Image Analysis & Deep Learning Techniques 
10:45Coffee break
11:00Tanmoy Mondal (Montpellier): Efficient technique for Binarization, Noise Cleaning and Convolutional Neural Network Based Writer Identification for Papyri Manuscripts
11:30Andreas Fischer (Fribourg): Recent Advances in Graph-Based Keyword Spotting for Supporting Quantitative Paleography
12:30Coffee break
14:00Vlad Atanasiu, Peter Fornaro (Basel): On the utility of color in computational paleography


Visit of the Digital Humanities Lab and the papyrus collection in the University Library